The Maryland women’s lacrosse team will look for its third-straight win against a ranked opponent when it hosts the No. 24 Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday night.
In six of their first nine games, the Terps have faced a ranked opponent. Their last win over James Madison marked the second victory for the Terps over a top-five team, defeating Florida in their second game this season.
It was a Maryland sweep for the Big Ten honors this week as senior attacker Megan Whittle was named the Offensive Player of the Week, junior goalkeeper Megan Taylor was the Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Grace Griffin took the title of Freshman of the Week.
Whittle scored her 250th goal and helped the No. 2 Terps (8-1) defeat the No. 4 James Madison Dukes 15-12 on Saturday in front of a record crowd at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Whittle scored a hat trick against the Dukes, with her final goal putting her name in the Maryland women’s lacrosse history books.
She became only the second player ever to achieve 250 career-goals and is now only 18 goals away from breaking the all-time scoring record of 267 goals for Maryland women’s lacrosse.
Griffin scored five points with four goals and an assist against the Dukes and was crucial in the Terps offense that took down the undefeated powerhouse, while Taylor made 12 saves against a relentless Dukes offense, including leading-scorer Kristen Gaudian, who scored four goals on Saturday.
On the other side, the Hoyas (5-3) will be looking for redemption when they visit College Park after falling to No. 8 Florida on Saturday, 16-11, in their first conference loss. The Hoyas held a slim lead in the second half, but could not slow down the Gators. The Hoyas allowed a 7-0 Florida run and were unable to come out with the win despite the efforts of six different scorers on the Hoyas squad.
Junior attacker Taylor Gebhardt led the team with four goals and one assist, while senior midfielder Hannah Seibel scored a hat trick, in addition to two caused turnovers on the defensive end.
The Terps have a 23-4 record all-time against Georgetown, and are 10-3 when playing at home. The two teams last played in February 2017, when the Terps won 17-13. To secure the win, the Terps had to fend off two comeback attempts from Georgetown’s offense led by then-freshman attacker Emily Ehle.
In her sophomore season, Ehle is tied with Gebhardt at the top of the Hoyas stat sheet with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists). Gebhardt leads the team in goals-scored with 24.
Maryland sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn may meet her match at the draw, as Georgetown’s Francesca Whitehurst has earned 44 draw controls on the season. Her total is only two behind Hartshorn’s 46 overall and surpasses junior midfielder Meghan Siverson’s 42 draw controls
Georgetown’s goalkeeper, junior Haelle Como, had eight saves against the Gators that brought her total number of saves to 45, but will need all the help she can get against a Maryland offense that has seven players scoring in double figures.
The game will begin at 6 p.m. at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex and can be watched live on ESPNU.
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